Friday, May 6, 2016
In a ceremony Thursday, May 5, at St. Martin Center in Erie, Mercyhurst University senior Claire Manley was one of two young women honored with the 2016 Youth Impact Award presented by Unified Erie, a violence reduction initiative in which the Mercyhurst Civic Institute is a partner.
The Youth Impact Award is given to those who are “making a lasting impact on the lives of the youth they serve … they “demonstrate excellence and passion for their work,” according to Unified Erie, which also honored Allyson Roudybush. Both Manley and Roudybush work with children at Bethesda Trinity Center.
The annual Youth Work Awards recognize the frontline youth workers who engage directly with children and youth at Erie nonprofit organizations. In all, 11 awards were presented.
Manley, a sociology major, was nominated by co-workers, parents and children, including one youngster, who said, “Every time I go into Trinity Center I give Ms. Claire a big hug! She is super nice to me and everyone. She is my favorite staff. She cares about us. We do a lot of fun crafts with her. She is very funny.”
“This award means the world to me,” Manley said. “The fact that the kids, co-workers and the parents I work with took the time out of their day to write these wonderful nominations is very special to me. I truly love what I do.”
Manley plans to pursue a career in law enforcement after graduation.